Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 3.6%. The state unemployment rate was 3.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Iowa peaked in April 2020 at 11.0% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Iowa 3.6% -0.1 +0.8

Note: All comparisons are made with November data as December state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa peaked in April 2020 at 188,007. There are now 130,132 fewer people unemployed in the state. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 57,875 -2,011 +8,478

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Iowa from 1990 to November 2020

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 3.6% 57,875
October 2020 6.9% 3.7% 59,886
September 2020 7.8% 4.8% 78,746
August 2020 8.4% 6.3% 101,735
July 2020 10.2% 6.8% 110,335
June 2020 11.1% 8.4% 137,650
May 2020 13.3% 10.2% 172,971
April 2020 14.8% 11.0% 188,007
March 2020 4.4% 3.3% 56,574
February 2020 3.5% 2.8% 49,270
January 2020 3.5% 2.8% 49,726